Quirky Attraction: Irish Hunger Memorial

irish hunger memorial

Irish Hunger Memorial
Location: New York City (along the Hudson River, near the World Trade Center)
When to visit: Any time during daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 10-15 minutes
Website: www.batteryparkcity.org/page/page4_6.html

On my recent trip to New York City, I stumbled upon a weird-looking, elevated half-acre parklet called the Irish Hunger Memorial.

The site is dedicated to the million people who perished during the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1852. It contains an authentic, roofless Irish cottage, limestone from every county of Ireland, as well as a garden area with native Irish plants. The walls are adorned with poetry and depressing writings about famine and hunger.

irish hunger memorial inside pic

The weird thing about the memorial is that it’s not well-marked. In fact, I visited and left without knowing what it was. I had to Google it later to discover its purpose. A bit more signage would be appropriate.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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